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Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, Vaping

September 20, 2019

State and federal agencies have been coordinating over the past several weeks to investigate cases of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use or Vaping. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not identified a cause, all reported cases appear to be linked to e-cigarette use. More information is needed to conclusively determine the cause. The CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are gathering information on the products and/or substances used.

The Florida Department of Health is responding to this emerging public health issue with the following activities:

  • Coordinating with the CDC and FDA to develop a disease case definition and to report cases of illness to the CDC to be part of the national investigation;
  • Working with county health departments and clinicians to identify and investigate reports of lung disease associated with electronic cigarette or vaping use; and,
  • Monitoring and conducting surveillance of lung disease that is associated with electronic cigarette or vaping use.

The Florida Department of Health encourages health care providers to report cases of significant respiratory illness of unclear etiology and a history of vaping to their local county health department or the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology at 850-245-4401.

For questions about treatment and clinical management of these patients, contact the Florida Poison Information Center Network at 800-222-1222.

For more detailed information on this issue, please visit the CDC webpage on vaping-related injuries

For information on case counts, please visit FLHealthCharts

For more information about youth vaping, please visit Tobacco Free Florida’s webpage on youth vaping

What CDC recommends

  • CDC has released interim recommendations for healthcare providers, health departments, and the public.
  • Until we know more, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak see a healthcare provider.
  • Regardless of the ongoing investigation:

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Corrections & Clarifications 

Original Published 3:57 PM ET, Fri Sept. 20, 2019 | C&C on 8:37 AM ET, Tue Oct. 01, 2019
C&C: added link for the case counts related to vaping.


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